Department research

Research within The Department of Physiology falls into distinct disease-focussed Programs, and our scientists are members of one or more of these themes. The disease-focussed programs seek to discover and develop therapies in these disease areas. Our research spans every one of the Institute's Discovery Programs: Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Development and Stem Cells, Infection and Immunity, Metabolism, Diabetes and Obesity, and Neuroscience. We approach these disease-based problems using our knowledge and experimental skills to asses body function.

Our Department-specific expertise covers cellular and whole animal models of health and disease. Where possible we study physiological processes in a model that is as relevant to the disease as we can create.

A sampling of the techniques we use in our studies includes:

  • remote monitoring of whole-body energy partitioning
  • remote assessment of food intake
  • assessment of decision-making processes
  • imaging of physiological processes in animals
  • direct imaging of brain cell activity in awake behaving animals
  • electrophysiological measurement of cellular activity
  • neurobionics
  • remote sensing of physiological process such as heart rate and breathing dynamics

Our current clinical studies use specialised techniques to assess hearing and cognition, decision making, kidney function during surgery, pain sensing, and continuous glucose and blood pressure measurements.

Find out more about each of the Lab Heads and Group Leaders in the Department of Physiology. Their lab information and websites showcase the incredible research each of them are doing.

Meet our research leaders